Another trip to the North East and an enjoyable stay as always. Excellent menu and despite it being extensive the quality does not suffer. The maid is first class and she maintains the rooms to a high standard. Excellent location with quiet walks - ease of motorway access and minimal road noise despite proximity. Now I think perhaps we are seeing cost cutting with some staff serving breakfast from 7.00 am and dinners at 9.00pm. There appears to be no receptionist now and you have to go into the bar to find someone. We know the way around the hotel but for first time callers - they appear to be pointed in the room direction and left to it. Some paint would benefit some of the rooms and a lot of the furniture is too dark, and whilst rooms have large wardrobes there is a lack of drawer accommodation. No trouser press in room is unusual now. .There is a wide range of wine bottles in restaurant as decoration - they are kept well dusted but the windows and dados they sit on need varnished. It looks as if dust has gathered when in fact it is aging of the varnish. The staff if hard pressed are courteous and pleasant and the size of the plates of food are astonishing but as I say well produced. Fans in toilets tend to run for longer than I would have thought is required and can be annoying at night. The sound of them does resonate between rooms. That is four stays and whilst some maintenance is needed - for food- cleanliness and value for money it is hard to beat. Best rooms are on the side away from the motorway. The beer garden is outside some of the rooms on the motorway side which perhaps could lead to noise if you need an early bed.
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